Lamey looks to return to his Bracknell Bees bestBy Adam Lee
May 17, 2012
Rob Lamey is desperate to put the disappointment of last season behind him and help propel Bracknell Bees back up the EPIHL table.
Alongside young defenceman Lewis Turner, Lamey was this week revealed as the latest player to have re-signed for Bees for next season’s campaign.
And after suffering a dip in form courtesy of an early-season injury, Lamey is determined to show the Bees fans a more consistent side to his game in 2012/13.
The 31-year-old former Guildford forward, who was immediately appointed captain after signing last summer, hit the ground running as he began his Bees career.
However, after taking a stick to the mouth from former Bee Jaroslav Cesky during the 1-0 win at Swindon on October 8, Lamey suffered a nasty injury.
Losing a tooth and requiring further surgery, he is the first to admit that he lost some confidence.
But having rediscovered his form towards the end of the season, Lamey is looking to right a few wrongs next year.
“It didn’t take much persuasion to come back,” he said.
“I really enjoyed last year and the club is heading in the right direction and I feel I had a lot more to give to the ultimate goal.
“I didn’t entertain the idea of contacting other teams and Coxy and Smits told me early on that they were keen to have me back.
"When I lost a tooth I had a bit of a dip in form which took a couple of months to recover from.
"Things weren't going my way and I couldn't get out of the rut.
"When you lose confidence it is sometimes hard to get it back, and the weekend after it happened I just wasn't the same.
"What with having a gap in my teeth, needing surgery and other ongoing things, it definitley had an impact and I found myself being a bit more careful on the ice. It takes time, but eventually it goes out of your head.
"Everything is fine now. I did feel that towards the end of the season my form was coming back but I just ran out of time.
"There is unfinished business for me - from a personal and team perspective.
"We should have been higher up the table than we were, but with the changes that are being made I feel we are moving forward and will be higher up the table next year.
"It is always going to be difficult for the team to have success in the first year after a complete rebuild and it was always going to be a two or three year plan.
"We were only a couple of over-time wins away from jumping up a few places and the steps forward that the club made were substantial."
Alongside the returns of Lamey and Turner, Bees have also resigned, Shaun Thompson and Lukas Smital, with Alan Lack signing from Bracknell Hornets.
New signings include defenceman Sam Oakford, as well as former Basingstoke Bison forward Ollie Bronnimann.
With himself, Bronnimann, Thompson, Smital and two more import forwards likely to make up Bees' first two offensive lines next season, Bees are already showing a lot of attacking intent.
And with the other signings on the horizon, Lamey believes the Bees fans have a lot to look forward to this summer.
"(Bronnimann) is a fantastic young British player who is a proven goalscorer in this league," said the Bees captain.
"I was fortunate enough to play with him at Guildford when I was 17 and I remember thinking 'who is this kid?'
"Since then he's consistently racked up goals.
"It's a fresh start for him and he will give us an extra dimension.
"With the extra signings we have made and the players that will return, it's looking like quite a good offensive output.
"There are also quite a few more signings in the pipeline which the fans can get excited about.
"Coaches always try to improve the team and new signings should be something for the fans to look forward to as they should be an improvement on what you already had.
"From what I know, I think the signings will show the intentions to move the club forward and strengthen."